Here at Mt. Rose Ski Resort...Avalanches pose the biggest natural threat..which is why the ski patrol here does its best to keep them under control...
Paulette Schneider assistance director of Mt. Rose Ski Patrol says, "I Patrol: I don't like to expose any of my employees to a dangerous situation . So most of our avalanche control is done from above the area that we are controlling. So that we are not in danger."
Schneider says she doesn't view avalanche control as the toughest or even most dangerous part of the job.
Its crowd control she says...and when slopes are packed that's when she says the real threats start.
" We have a potential of getting hurt when we are in a crowd of people we are trying to do speed control we can get run in to as easy as anyone else."
Schneider says a majority of the injuries they deal with are minor...these toboggans are reserved for the more serious problems...
With new ski and boarding equipment she says they see a lot of shoulder, wrist, and leg injuries. Everyone here is trained to at least and Emergency Medical Technician status. Ski patrol members she says are many times pursuing other jobs in the medical field during their off hours from here. If they are fortunate she says, they'll get to meet some of the skiiers and boarders they've taken off the mountain. " I really appreciate it, you were sympathetic you helped me down I would have never made it on my own. That makes it worth it..that's when you really like your job."
Patrol members expressed their deep concern and regret over the deaths of three patrol members yesterday in Mammoth. One Mt Rose Patrol member who did not want to be interviewed said he knew the men who lost their lives and wanted the public to know Mammoth's Ski Patrol was nationally recognized and respected for their work.